Relocating to Mount Pleasant SC | Information about Mt Pleasant South Carolina
Mount Pleasant (real estate) is a suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, within the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the fifth largest municipality in South Carolina, and for several years it was one of the state’s fastest growing areas, literally doubling in population size between 1990 and 2000. The population was 47,609 at the 2000 census. As of 2007, the town had an estimated population of 67,707. Mount Pleasant, SC is the 3rd largest municipality in this metro behind Charleston and North Charleston. The Mt Pleasant real estate market is probably the most resilient of all of Charleston, and consistently home prices and home sales retain their strength as compared to other areas in Charleston. Mount Pleasant, SC is the newest area community in the Low-country with fun things to do like: Shem Creek, The Town Center (shopping), Coleman Blvd, great restaurants and more, all close to the beaches of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. The cost of living in Mount Pleasant SC is probably one of the more expensive in S.C for a suburban community. Although not on the beach it’s more costly than living in Columbia, or Greenville, and to get a nice home will probably cost minimum of $300,000. The taxes and insurances are usually double and triple that of anywhere else in South Carolina aside from similar tourist type communities like Hilton Head, or Myrtle Beach.
So where to buy a home if relocating to Mount Pleasant SC? I have lived in Mt. Pleasant since I moved to Charleston in 1999. If I were to characterize it I would put it this way. It is the young urban professional area of Charleston County, suburbia at its greatest. What you may not know is that there are kind of two parts of Mt. Pleasant. The heart of Mt. Pleasant (older area) and newer Mt. Pleasant. There are many great communities in Mount Pleasant with homes for sale.
If you have children Mt. Pleasant has some of the nicest and best public schools in the Charleston area, but they are located in newer Mt. Pleasant. Newer Mt. Pleasant has a few noteworthy communities. The commonly mentioned neighborhoods: Hamlin Plantation, Dunes West, Park West and Rivertowne. About 30 mins from downtown these communities are very large and located either on or near a golf course. The problem with living on this side of Mt. Pleasant is the traffic and its distance from shopping, activities, and downtown. Located up hwy 17, getting there can be a pain especially when its tourist season, 5 o’clock or early morning. A community worth mentioning that is a little older, but on that side of Mt. Pleasant is Charleston National. These homes were built in the early 90’s whereas Dunes West, Park West and Rivertowne are around 10 years old or newer. My opinion on this side of Mt. Pleasant is; if you have children, can tolerate some annoying traffic at times, and like golf its a great place to buy a home.
Older Mt. Pleasant a.k.a the heart of Mt. Pleasant is located very close to the Isle of Palms connector and I’d say most think of the Mt. Pleasant town center. The benefits of living in the heart of Mount Pleasant are mostly its proximity to all that Mt Pleasant has to offer.. like shopping, dining, movies and convenience to the islands and downtown.
If you like older quaint communities one that is mention-able is the Old Village. The Old Village real estate for sale is comprised mostly of older homes built in the 50’s and up.. The lots are large, there are mature trees, and there are no restrictions to what you can do with your lot. This is a very desired neighborhood because of its charm and subsequently the prices reflect it. BUT, my favorite neighborhoods in all of Mt. Pleasant are Olde Park and I’On Village.
So what about new construction in Mt Pleasant SC you ask? Although dirt is hard to come by and pretty darned expensive if you are a developer, don’t worry there are still new homes being built. For now, that is. However, most of them are in Mt Pleasant “north” as described earlier except for Scott’s Creek shown above and Watermark.
Mount Pleasant’s public schools are part of the Charleston County School District.
- James B. Edwards Elementary School
- Belle Hall Elementary School
- Mount Pleasant Academy
- Charles Pinckney Elementary School
- Jennie Moore Elementary School
- Whitesides Elementary School
- Laurel Hill Primary School
- Moultrie Middle School
- Laing Middle School
- Thomas Cario Middle School
- Trident Academy
- Christ Our King – Stella Maris Catholic School-(Catholic Diocese of Charleston)
- First Baptist Church School-(Mount Pleasant First Baptist Church)